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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B00HUH19XS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck don't just sing about feverish, frayed and fractured romances - in the three years since forming Elephant, they've been living one.

It's fitting that Sky Swimming, their debut full length release is a seductive, night time delight of an album. After all, it was in the twilight hours of a May morning three years ago that Pontefract native Amelia Rivas and Bristolian Christian Pinchbeck met at a house party and in alcohol-soaked all-nighter sessions that Sky Swimming was written.

A fibrous collection of songs about relationships - their own included, which broke down during the making of the album - hazy memories, twisted dreams, the metaphysical bleeding in to the physical - Sky Swimming - all trilling keyboards, swooping melodies, broken hip hop beats, looped strings and Amelia's uniquely curvy vocals - that makes you want to clamp your headphones tighter on your ears, letting you swim in its every detail and emotion. Influenced by everything from Toro Y Moi to composer Angelo Badalamenti, Everything But The Girl to rap originators Arrested Development and Joe Meek's productions, it's an intensely varied listen.

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Elephant are a lo-fi music loving pair whose work harks back to the heyday of bedroom pop, both in the technical and literal harking sense. Last year saw much rejoicing as the London couple, Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck, reunited after heavy differences to continue their musical journey to a time where French hip-hop keys ruled the world. Now delivering the debut album we almost missed, Sky Swimming has no shortage of candidates for comparison, yet it’s a distinctive record that always welcomes you back with a variety of moods to suit.

The first track “Assembly” might satisfy those drawn in by nods tipping the hat towards Tennis and Summer Camp, but it makes a sizable noise in the crowd with percussion that perfects an eerie keyboard and atmospheric riff. The varying vocal melodies and speedy arrangements on “Allured”, “Shipwrecked” and acoustic wonderment on “Golden” meanwhile, suggest that the same experimental nature that churned out for their first EP with a £10 Casio was kept much intact for Sky Swimming’s recording process, though an overall crisp production effort keeps everything a more concerted effort.

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Having heard Elephant on BBC 6 Music I purchased Sky Swimming after waiting some time for its release. Fantastic album, great vocals and beautiful melodies. Don't know why they are not more popular than they are.
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Brilliant. Best CD I've bought this year.
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